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(Page last updated 10th June 2020)
Quiz time
The Fone-a-Friend Quizzes - devised by Quizmaster John Loosemore

Quiz Answers Click here for the Answers to John Loosemore's "Fone-a-Friend Quizzes"

The object of each quiz is to co-operate with others to complete the quiz.
There is no entry fee, no prizes, and you can cheat as much as you like - but you won't get the best out of each quiz if you do that. Much better to phone a friend!

John hopes to arrange one quiz per week, and we'll post the answers the following week. The quizzes will typically comprise two rounds out of the following list:

•  A chain round, in which the answer to one question contains a clue to the next.
•  A list round, in which the quizzer has to list as many as possible of a category
    (eg counties of England).
•  A top ten round, in which the quizzer has to list ten consecutive (eg first ten
    Old Testament books).
•  An anagram round.
•  A decade round, matching events to years over a given decade.
•  A "how old" round, giving the ages of well-known live people.

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 6 10th June

Chickens or Dickens?
All of the names below are either types of chickens or are characters in works by Charles Dickens. You have to decide, for each one, which it is.


London's Blue Plaques
Who are the following blue plaques for? I will give you the address, and some/most of the inscription on the plaque, and the details of birth and death. I might also add a bit to help you. One other (slightly) helpful piece of information is that the answers are in alphabetical order of surname.

1.London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel E1 1BB
 "Pioneer of Modern Nursing in Belgium and Heroine of the Great War trained and worked here 1896-1901"
 Born Swardeston, Norfolk 1865, died Brussels 1915
2.15 Glenshaw Mansions, Brixton Road, Kennington SW9 0DS
 "Actor and Film-maker lived here in Flat 15 1908-1910"
 Born 1889 purportedly in Walworth but no records exist, died Vaud, Switzerland 1977. Best known as a comedian
3.12 Tennison Road, North Norwood
 "Creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1891-1894"
 Born in Edinburgh 1859, died Crowborough 1930
4.Fairmount, Mottingham Lane, Mottingham
 "Cricketer lived here"
 Born in Downend, Bristol in 1848, died Mottingham 1915. The foremost cricketer of his time, he is buried in Beckenham Crematorium
Next come two neighbouring houses, both used by musicians
5.25 Brook Street, Mayfair W1K 4HB
 "Composer lived in this house from 1723 and died here"
 Born Halle, Prussia (now in Germany) in 1685, died London 1759. One of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, he is buried in Westminster Abbey
6.23 Brook Street, Mayfair W1K 4HA
 "Guitarist and Songwriter lived here 1968-1969"
 Born Seattle, USA in 1942, died London 1970. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in pop music
7.43 Waverley Gardens, Barking
 "Captain of the World Cup-winning England Football Team lived here"
 Born Barking in 1941, died Putney 1993
8.Red House, Red House Lane, Bexleyheath
 "Red House built in 1859-1860 by Philip Webb, architect for ...... poet and artist who lived here 1860-1865"
 A major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts. Born Walthamstow in 1834, died Hammersmith 1896
9.223 Pitshanger Lane, Ealing
 "Tennis Champion lived here 1919-1935"
 Born Stockport in 1909, died Melbourne 1995. Until Andy Murray in 2013, he was the last British winner of the mens singles at Wimbledon
10.28 Cintra Park, Upper Norwood
 "Promoter of sex education and birth control lived here 1880-1892"
 Born in Edinburgh in 1880. Died Dorking 1958. She founded the first birth control clinic in Britain

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 5 23rd May

Round England chain You might need a map for this. All answers are towns etc in England, and distances and compass directions are approximate. All of the towns are well-known, although perhaps number 6 is limited to those with a knowledge of the 1832 Great Reform Act!
As usual, the last letter of one answer is the first letter of the next. All answers are one word only. I am not giving the first letter of (1). It is the same as the first letter of (12).

•  1. A coastal seaport on the south bank of the Humber
•  2. About 270 miles SW to south Somerset, near the border with Dorset
•  3. About 130 miles almost due E to East Sussex, although maybe avoid 5 November?
•  4. A 300 mile journey almost due N to County Durham, to Tony Blair's old
        parliamentary seat
•  5. 215 miles down S to Cambridgeshire for part of the Imperial War Museum
•  6. Only 75 miles E into Suffolk, to the former capital of the East Angles and a
        former "rotten borough"
•  7. 90 miles SW to the Essex/London borders and a new town
•  8. Another long, 265 mile due N trek to where Hadrian finished his work?
•  9. Under 20 miles this time, S to visit the cathedral
• 10. 85 miles SW, to the Lancashire Coast, close to Lancaster
• 11. 235 miles SE and we're almost back in number 7!
• 12. 45 miles SW, diagonally across London, to the airport
• 13. Now we go 140 miles NW to an historic market town in Worcestershire
• 14. And then we retrace 95 miles of our steps going SE to Berkshire, for a library?
• 15. Just over 50 miles S we visit a Hampshire town, which has the distinction of
        being the largest settlement in Britain without an operational railway station
• 16. Over 200 miles WSW in deepest Cornwall lies another cathedral city
• 17. 260 miles NE and much closer to home on the Kent/London borders
• 18. 220 miles NW and we are in a town on the Lancashire side of the Pennines
• 19. And 110 miles SSE we find the largest town in Warwickshire
• 20. Take your pick where you go from here... There are plenty of towns with this
         name. Perhaps the best known is on the Isle of Wight, but I also know of versions
         in Essex, Norfolk and Shropshire

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 4 14th May

The list round. Name the 10 Canadian provinces. Note that these do not include the three territories of Yukon, Nunavut, and Northwest

1.                                          6.

The anagram round. The following are all anagrams of films

1.   Sheen hatted workmanship
2.His drill scents
3.Rum pet frogs
4.Nazi neck tie
5.Rebel if no Faith
6.May spin prop
7.Flip into cup
8.Hint the wide gown
9.Widest oysters
10.Rail at God

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 3 27th April

The anagram round. Each of these is a London Underground station

1.   Cosset Frock
2.Squeals Era No
3.Bare Elk Zips
4.A Retard Cottonmouth
5.A Dare Way Goblin
6.Upstate Yen
7.Nearly Earns
8.Veal Ripe
9.Chew Gill
10.Castrate Angel

The list round in reverse. The following six places all have important features in London's geography. Identify for each why it is important. (Good luck with this!)

1.   A field just off of Fen Lane, North Ockendon
A bend in Ditches Lane, just north of the church of St Peter and St Paul in the village of Chaldon
3.Next to the A233 Westerham Hill where it crosses into Kent
The clockwise hard shoulder of the M25 between junctions 24 and 25 near Crews Hill railway station
5.The Thames foreshore at low tide
The exit for Poyle on the roundabout above junction 14 of the M25 near Heathrow Terminal 5

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 2 16th April

The chain round. The last letter of each answer provides the first letter of the next answer. The first answer begins with a "Y"

•  1. A country with disputed capital - Aden or Sana'a
•  2. The Roman god of the sea
•  3. To which island was Napoleon exiled in 1814?
•  4. "19" and "21" are albums by which singer?
•  5. What was Linda McCartney's maiden name?
•  6. Which US state has Lincoln as its capital?
•  7. A South American country whose last letter is the same as its first
•  8. Who was the first murder victim in the Bible?
•  9. Name of a strong smelling Belgian cheese
• 10. Where Joan of Arc died
The last letter of the chain is an "N"

The list round. Including the current incumbent, who were the last ten leaders of the Labour Party (excluding temporary leaders)

1.                                          6.

Fone-a-Friend Quiz 1 3rd April

The chain round. The last letter of each answer provides the first letter of the next answer. The first answer begins with a "T"

•  1. A language spoken mainly in South India and Sri Lanka
•  2. By what stage name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta better known? (Two words)
•  3. Which first name was shared by the author Chekhov and the composer Bruckner?
•  4. Which country has Abuja as its capital?
•  5. What chemical element has the symbol Sb?
•  6. Who was the first President of Russia, 1991-1999 (surname only)
•  7. Which Alfred Hitchcock film climaxes at Mount Rushmore? (Three words)
•  8. On which river does Rome stand?
•  9. Both a weapon from Cluedo and a Beatles album
• 10. Which river forms a natural boundary between part of the USA and Mexico (two words)
The last letter of the chain is an "E"

The list round. There are about (!) 26 Roman Catholic cathedrals in England and Wales (depending on definition). I have put all the slightly dubious ones in their place in the alphabet. Your challenge is to list the others (not necessarily alphabetically, but that would help)

5.Cardiff St Davids18.Preston
10.London (Ukrainian)  23.
13.  26.  

Good Luck and don't forget to "Fone-a-Friend"